21 people evacuated from Umatilla County flood
Story by by Oregon Herald staff
Pendleton – On Saturday, February 8th, the Umatilla County Sheriff's Office reported there were successful evacuation efforts using two helicopters in areas affected by county flooding. Helicopters provided by the National Guard and Umatilla County Search and Rescue personnel both worked on these missions.
A total of 16 people were evacuated from the Bingham Road area. Five people were evacuated from the Mill Creek area.
More evacuations are planned for Sunday, February 9th.
After waters recede, people will start working on after-flood recovery efforts. Here are some important things to remember during clean up:
For individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have a speech disability, call 711 (TTY and other services are available). For VRS, please call 1-866-337-4262
- Resources for after-disaster clean up:
- Contact your city to find out where debris can be disposed of in your area; if you are a non-city resident, contact your county
- Check to make sure contractors doing repairs are licensed by visiting the Oregon Construction Contractors Board page: https://www.oregon.gov/ccb/Pages/index.aspx
- National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) policyholders who have questions about their flood insurance policy or the claims process, and disaster survivors who have general questions about the National Flood Insurance Program, can contact a NFIP representative by calling the NFIP Call Center toll-free at 1-800-427-4661?
- Take photos of your damage before you clean up, for insurance purposes
Many roads in the county are still closed due to high water or damage. Do not drive around road-closed signs as roads are impassable and you could interfere with ongoing rescue efforts.